Frequent when learning to walk, milk tooth accidents must be taken seriously. It is essential to recognize those who require emergency treatment. The explanations of Dr. Chantal Naulin-Ifi, pedodontist.
When do accidents occur on baby teeth?
- The majority of accidents occur between 1 and 2 yearsat the time of learning to walk and, a little later, at age 3-4, when the child begins to attend school and playgrounds.
- Throughout this period, the child discovers his environment, but does not yet perfectly control his balance nor the coordination of his movements. For example, he does not know how to put his hands in front of him to protect himself. Falls ahead "on the teeth" are frequent and the incisors are the first affected.
What are the most common traumas?
- The main accidents concern the intrusion (the tooth comes inside the gum) and dislocation (she moves in her cell) In toddlers, these tooth movements are much more common than fractures of the crown or root. At this age, the bone is still very thin, little mineralized and the root small.
- In the case of an intrusion, it is not uncommon for parents to conclude that the tooth has been expelled. Only an X-ray will confirm the position of the tooth and will verify the state of the germ of the definitive tooth in formation. The dental surgeon will regularly check his training until he leaves the definitive tooth. If the germ is too damaged, an extraction may be necessary.
- Dislocation can be invisible to the naked eye and cause no apparent symptoms. The child does not suffer, and no abscess is present to alert parents. Hence the importance of a dental consultation. A clinical examination, combined with an X-ray, will confirm the diagnosis and indicate the treatment to follow.